What is Functional Medicine?
Everything is Related.
From hair loss to digestive issues, weight gain and depression, every symptom you are experiencing right now is related. When it comes to human health, one condition may have many different causes and one cause may result in many different conditions, but generally speaking, not a single one of them stands alone. Like one stitch of yarn in a knitted sweater, every aspect of your health is connected. If you tug at one loop, the whole thing unravels. This is why functional medicine addresses the body as a whole rather than just one part or one set of symptoms.
So, What Exactly is “Functional Medicine”?
Functional medicine treats illness a little differently than the traditional medical system. The primary difference between conventional medicine and functional medicine is that functional medicine determines how and why illness occurs and finds the root causes of disease rather than just treating the symptoms.
By taking an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach in which patients and practitioners work together to find the underlying causes of disease, functional medicine helps patients live their best life by creating optimal health and vitality.
In functional medicine, we take a deep dive into these three things with each patient:
Each of these three things can directly affect daily health. By testing and pinpointing areas of weakness, we can find and address the root cause of health issues and allow the body to heal.
Why Do We Need It?
Our society is in a chronic disease crisis. More people suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, fibromyalgia and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto's’ Thyroiditis today than ever before… and they’re not getting better.
Our current medical system is geared toward acute care, which means it is meant to diagnose and treat trauma or illness that has a short duration or needs urgent care, like appendicitis or a broken leg. Conventional medicine is excellent for this type of care.
However, acute care misses the bigger picture. Generally speaking, acute care is unable to prevent and treat chronic disease because it does not take into account the genetic makeup, environmental toxins, or chronic lifestyle factors of an individual, and these things have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern society.
Most physicians are not trained to find the root cause of chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.
Is Functional Medicine Effective?
Yes, functional medicine is effective because:
The focus is on the patient. By listening to the patient and learning her unique story, functional medicine practitioners bring their patients into the discovery process and create treatment plans custom-tailored to that individual.
It is an integrative, science-based approach to health. The genetic makeup, lifestyle, physiology, and history of a patient can directly impact her health. Functional medicine practitioners take a hard look at each of these factors and use specialized testing to come up with an effective solution.
The goal is to prevent and heal. You don’t have to be stuck maintaining your symptoms with medication for the rest of your life. With a comprehensive, in depth assessment including the use of cutting edge laboratory testing, therapeutic diets, targeted exercise, prescribed herbal and nutritional supplements, proper detoxification and stress-management, functional medicine practitioners can help you give your body what it needs to actually heal and reverse chronic disease.
Ready to give your mind, body, and spirit what it needs to heal?